Explore the systems and forces constantly at work on our planet in your preparation for a career addressing important global challenges.   

Academic Highlights: With its top microprobe lab and internationally recognized biogeochemistry lab, the department emphasizes opportunities for fieldwork across the globe, as well as provides students the close faculty interaction characteristic of a small school with the extensive research facilities and projects of a large university. It is ranked fourth in the U.S. based on percentage of women faculty, and is home to the NE Climate Science Center—one of eight in the U.S.—the Massachusetts Geological Survey, and the world-class Climate System Research Center.

Research Areas: Topics include paleoclimate studies, coastal processes, regional tectonics and structure, origin of magmas, fault system mechanics, geophysics, surface and groundwater systems, hydrogeology, landscape evolution and hazards, urban geography, water and energy geography, and geographic information systems.

Degrees: BS, BA, MS, PhD


  • Tenure-track faculty: 19
  • Lecturers: 4
  • Research faculty: 6
  • Extension faculty: 3
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 4
  • Undergraduate major students: 187
  • Graduate students: 67

Research Awards: $3.33M

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